Kids, a movie directed by Larry Clark and written by cult film icon Harmony Korine, has recently been examined under a new lens following a new documentary called The Kids premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Aiming to reconsider the film’s aims and impacts, the filmmaker Eddie Martin has been interviewing various cast and crew members, discovering that Hamilton Harris, one of the film’s lead actors “felt exploited” by the film’s storytelling. Speaking to Deadline in a recent interview, the actor and writer of the new documentary talked of this exploitation, commenting: “I felt, ‘Aw, man, I thought it was going to be more than it actually was’…Twenty-five years later, today, in my late 40s, I see differently”.
The controversial film portraying the impact of drugs and sex on young impressionable New York teenagers was later scrutinised due to the death of two of the film’s co-stars due to suicide and drug misuse.
Speaking on the trauma of such news, Harris continued, commenting: “It was really after Harold Hunter, one of the main characters, when he passed away that was, for me, a wakeup call to dealing with my own personal traumas and my shadow self, and I needed to work it out. Something just was drawing me towards storytelling and using this storytelling medium as a platform to heal.”
Currently showing at the Tribeca Film Festival, we’ll have to wait for a future, currently undetermined date to hear the full story behind the making of Kids. Hamilton Harris suggests that if he were to make the film, he would’ve done a few things differently, noting: “From an ethical standpoint, yeah, I wouldn’t do it that way. I’d do it differently. It’s not my place to say whether or not Larry is right or wrong. I think each of us can decide what that is for ourselves.”